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No. 5 Michigan State Spartans Give No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes Their First Loss in OT, 72-68

January 8th, 2014 at 8:12 PM
By MacK Lester

The Michigan State men’s basketball squad hosted the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Breslin Center Tuesday night, in their first match-up this year, and first ever match-up with both teams ranked in the top five nationally. In an exciting match, with momentum swinging both ways through regulation, the game went into overtime where the Spartans pulled ahead in the end with a 72-68 win.

'MSU vs. Ohio State' photo (c) 2012, Matt Hallowell - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This was Ohio State’s first loss of the season. Also the Spartans scored more points on the Buckeyes than any other team so far this season.

After ending the first half with a six point lead, head coach Tom Izzo still wasn’t satisfied.

"They killed us on the boards because we had a couple guys who didn't show up," Izzo said.

The Buckeyes were not satisfied either as they came back in the second. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and company are known for their usually dominant defense. They showed it well in the rebounds categories, out-playing the Spartans on the glass, 42-28. Buckeye center Amir Williams led his team with 11 total rebounds for the day, including four offensive boards. Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Shannon Scott followed suit with seven and six total rebounds respectively.

Coming into the second half, the Spartans went on to extend their lead to as much as 17 with eight minutes left. The Buckeyes however switched things up and came back. One notable play was when Craft passed inbounds off the back of Spartan forward Adreian Payne, and then made the layup himself.

After tying it up in the final seconds of regulation, Shannon Scott notched a steal off Spartan guard Keith Appling and went for the layup and the win until Appling came back with the block while Payne swatted away the rebound, forcing overtime.

With some clutch threes from Appling, Payne, and red-shirt freshman Kenny Kaminski, the Spartans pulled away with the four point lead to win the game.

"I saw it wasn't over, but it was hard to get that through to the rest of the team," Payne said. "We can't look at the scoreboard.

Seniors Appling and Payne led the way in scoring for the game with 20 and 18 points respectively. Appling also notched seven assist and six rebounds. Payne also grabbed six total boards off the glass himself.

Michigan State is now 14-1 for the season and 3-0 in Big Ten play. They now look to hosting the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday afternoon. The game will air on the Big Ten Network at 2:15 pm Eastern Time. 

Tags: Aaron Craft, Adreian Payne, Amir Williams, Keith Appling, Kenny Kaminski, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota Golden Gophers, MSU, NCAA, Ohio State buckeyes, Shannon Scott, Tom Izzo

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